Ralph’s service will be held on Monday, February 8, 2016, at 10am at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Military rites will be conducted by the Bloomington/Normal American Legion Honor Gaurd following the services at the funeral home. Interment will take place at the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be on Sunday, February 7, 2016, from 1–4pm at the memorial home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Central Illinois.
Ralph was born on July 21, 1927, in Pontiac, Illinois the son of Ralph and Aldine Bellar Bentley Sr.
He is survived by his children; Ralph E. (Mary) Bentley III of Portland Oregon, John E. Bentley of Charlotte, North Carolina, James S. Bentley of Normal, Peggy L. Bentley of Bloomington, Mark A. Bentley of Normal, David T. (Tara) Bentley of Bloomington and their mother Rhoda Scott Ring, Bill E. Bentley of Bloomington, Richard W. Bentley of Normal and their mother Ethel M. Bentley, step children; Tammy Thomas of Normal and Dawn Fleming of Normal. Also surviving are his grandchildren; Deirdre, Rafe and Jacob Bentley, Jessica (Tim) Cavallo, Marissa (Steve) Uselton, Devyn Bentley, Michael and Jolene Thomas and Richard B. Fleming Jr., great grandchildren; Samara Childs, Dominic Cavallo, Kristina Snow, Cullen, Avery and Cassady Fleming.
He is preceded in death by; his parents, 2 infant sons, 1 brother and 1 sister.
Ralph was a graduate of Pontiac High School. After graduating high school he joined the US Navy and served on the LST 1141 as a Third Class Petty Officer during WWII. After his service with the Navy he returned to Pontiac and started work at the Ford Garage. While there they sent him to school and he received his certificate as a Master Mechanic, and he also attended Bradley University. In 1956 he worked for General Electric and owned Mr. Softee Ice Cream on West Locust Street along with having two Ice Cream Trucks. He was also the original partner with Twin City Hydromatic. In 1964 he opened up Public Auto Exchange which is known today as Bentley Motors, along with owning many other pre owned car lots. He was a true entrepreneur owning multiple businesses through out his life.
Ralph was a past member of Downs United Methodist Church. He is an avid gun collector and was a Marksman Sharp Shooter. He always had a passion for the Automobile Industry and enjoyed his automobile collection.
Ralph will be dearly missed by all of his family and friends.